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Reflections of a Middle Class Man


Written by Ben Polhemus

Almost all of my friends, associates, and people I come in contact with are middle class Americans. I may know a few in the upper class, and I know a few minorities. The only time I intentionally associate with lower income people is in intentional "ministry." I have visited some in prisons, missions trips, and acts of charity.

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One Year Anniversary


Dear Friends,

My purpose for writing today is one-dimensional. I need prayer!

Here's why:

Judy and I have begun our second year with NeighborLink Porter County. After years of involvement with ShareFest Porter County, God revealed our passion for service to the community and led us to NeighborLink. Last year was awesome, over 70 projects were completed by 150 volunteers and coaches. This year starts out with another great ShareFest work day (this past Saturday) behind us, where hundreds of volunteers completed dozens of projects all over Porter County (Indiana). I worked (with Jake, Andrew and Sarah) on a tornado clean-up project where 80+ trees were downed on the property. It was great to see forty some strangers (strangers...

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The 10th Annual Steak and Burger Dinner (With Photos)


"BE Great" was the theme for the evening where special guest speaker Homer Drew, shared with adult community members and Club members the importance of setting goals and making  the right choices. Once again everyone in attendance was reminded- the Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger Dinner is not the typical fundraiser!  At the dinner the kids were the guests of honor, the club members were served steak while the rest of us enjoyed burgers!

Bridges to World Languages


For the fifth year, Valparaiso Community Schools in partnership with Valparaiso University is working to provide foreign language opportunities to fourth and fifth grade students.  The Bridges to World Languages program allows Valparaiso University Foreign Language Students to introduce elementary students to the basics of French, German, and Spanish.  Through this one hour per week class the students learn basic vocabulary and basic ways of communicating in the selected language.  The VU students speak in the “target” language during large portions of the class.  The students sing songs, play games, and make projects to help them begin to explore the new...

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Discovery Cottage Offers Turkey Time Sampler for Preschoolers Aged 3-5


The Valparaiso Parks Department continues to take registrations for the 2-hour Turkey Time sampler preschool class held at the Discovery Cottage.  Children aged 3-5 years can sign up for the one-time offering to be held Thursday, November 19, 2009, 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Sampler classes feature a themed craft, snack and activity inside the Discovery Cottage located at 1158 Harrison Blvd. Sign up now; the fee is just $25 for non-residents and $15 for a residents.  To register or for more information contact the Valparaiso Park Department at 219-462-5144 or visit them online at Read more



Boys & Girls Club of Porter County Congratulates ‘Chase’ Power Hour Winners


The Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club of Porter County congratulates their ‘Chase’ Power Hour winners with a pizza party due to their educational efforts over the summer.

Back: Ayslinn Johnson, 10; R.J. Griffin, 14; Thamarr McGee, 14; Andrew Mears, 13; Nahiyha Porter, 11

Front: Rachel Budzielek, 9; Griffin McNeil, 10; David Higgins, 10; Lili Norris, 6; Sam Goldman, 9

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Discovery Cottage Offers Halloween Dress Up Sampler for Preschoolers Aged 3-5


The Valparaiso Parks Department continues to take registrations for the 2-hour Halloween Dress Up sampler preschool class held at the Discovery Cottage.

Children aged 3-5 years can sign up for the one-time offering to be held Thursday, October 29, 2009, 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Sampler classes feature a themed craft, snack and activity inside the Discovery Cottage located at 1158 Harrison Blvd. Sign up now; the fee is just $25 for non-residents and $15 for residents.  To register or for more information contact the Valparaiso Park Department at 219-462-5144 or visit...

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Special Veterans Day Invitation


The Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club would like to invite veterans or active duty personnel from throughout Indiana to our Special Veterans Day celebration to be held this year on November 11 at the Strongbow Banquet Center in Valparaiso.  Our program speaker will be Dr. Robert Shankland, who will be presenting a program titled “A Pictorial Memory of Viet Nam 1968-69”.  

Meal service begins at 11:15.

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PNC Invites Prospective Students to Nov. 12 Open House


Purdue University North Central will host a campus open house on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for prospective students of all ages and their families.

Campus tours begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by information sessions at 6:15 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building. The event is appropriate for high school students, community college graduates and adults thinking about attending college. This is an ideal opportunity to explore academic programs with faculty and advisors. A student panel will discuss student life at PNC and guests will have the opportunity to learn more about student support programs, campus activities and athletics in a casual, fun...

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Regional SpellBowl Competition Success


On October 19, 2009 the regional SpellBowl competition was held. There are several regional sites across the state for schools statewide to compete at the regional level.

The Morgan Township team, which scored 69 points and placed 2nd.

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Trick or Treat Fun Nite


The 2009 Trick or Treat Fun Nite Presented by Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events is almost here!  Downtown Trick or Treat Night is scheduled for Friday, October 23, 2009 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Fall is the perfect time to spend time in downtown Valparaiso. Check out the “spooktacular” events planned for this special day!

Downtown Trick or Treat, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door in Valparaiso’s...

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